NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — This situation with JPP has gone from bizarre to downright frightening.
According to an ESPN report on Wednesday evening, the two-time Pro Bowl defensive end had his right index finger amputated as a result of a Fourth of July fireworks mishap.
That shocking news came following a report from WFAN and NFL Media’s Kim Jones that said the Giants had sent officials down to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Florida to check on the health of Pierre-Paul, only to leave without seeing him.
Giants officials were reportedly denied entry to Pierre-Paul’s hospital room on Tuesday, not making it past the waiting room, CBS2 reported.
The Daily News reported later that the 26-year-old former All-Pro’s family had demanded privacy.
The latest ESPN report appears to explain why.
Following the incident over the holiday weekend, ESPN reported Pierre-Paul had suffered “severe burns” to his palm and fingers in the fireworks accident. His fingers were said to be intact despite early reports to the contrary. He underwent tests on one finger for nerve damage, “and doctors believe there will be no permanent damage or disfigurement of his hands,” the network reported at the time.
CBS2’s Otis Livingston reported the injuries are not believed to be career-threatening, so Pierre-Paul is expected to play this year. But it is not clear when.
The Giants have since withdrawn a long-term contract offer worth $60 million, which Pierre-Paul was likely to turn down, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. A team spokesperson told Rapoport that the “first concern is for JPP’s well-being.”
Pierre-Paul is currently not under contract for the 2015 season, having not yet signed his $14.8 million franchise tag tender offer. The Giants can rescind that offer, which would make the sixth-year pro a free agent.